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U.S. Open Cup Third Round: A Look Ahead


The third round of the U.S. Open Cup is upon us. Amateurs are still taking on USL sides, as eight of them made it out of the second round, and at least two of them are guaranteed to move on and face MLS opponents.

One amateur side is already down, however. The Ocean City Nor’easters fell 4-1 to North Carolina FC on Tuesday night, ending the run of the South Jersey side.

Jacksonville Armada, the now amateur side that used to play in the NASL, will host Miami United FC in the first battle of non-pros on the night. The other matchup sees NTX Rayados face FC Wichita.

The other three will face USL foes this round, with Elm City Express facing the Charleston Battery, Mississippi Brilla traveling to Tennessee to play Nashville SC, and FC Golden State Force hosting the Las Vegas Lights.

Here’s the full rundown of Wednesday night’s matches, with the winners advancing to the fourth round, where MLS joins the fray.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. FC Cincinnati
Richmond Kickers vs. Penn FC
Jacksonville Armada FC vs. Miami United FC
Charleston Battery vs. Elm City Express
Louisville City FC vs. Saint Louis FC
Nashville SC vs. Mississippi Brilla FC
NTX Rayados vs. FC Wichita
San Antonio FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Sporting AZ FC vs. Fresno FC
FC Golden State Force vs. Las Vegas Lights FC
Reno 1868 FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC


  1. MLS teams should be joining this round, or at the very least the 4 worst non-playoff MLS teams if you insist on working most of them into the Round of 32. They’ve had MLS teams entering in different rounds before


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